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long. you have sent us pictures proving how much you care about this vote and we saw you lining up before dawn in virginia, braving lines, rain in florida, children in tow and even guys with surfboards and bare feet as in chicago a woman who went to the polls while in labor then went on to the hospital. >>> talk about the candidates in these last moments, the two men who have been racing to the finish line spent the day proving determination and stamina and abc's white house correspondent jake tapper starts us off in chicago where the president is with his family waiting for results. jake. >> reporter: good evening on this exciting night, diane. president obama and his campaign are gurding hem thfls for a long night and the president said this might spill into the morning but he fully expects by tomorrow he will be re-elected. it is out of his hands and in yours. >> my name is barack obama, you know, the president. >> reporter: at a chicago campaign field office president obama called volunteers in wisconsin to thank them for their hard work. >> hi, is this annie? hi, this is barac
'easter, affecting us wednesday and thursday. this is what we can expect planning today. lunchtime 48 degrees, 50 and breezy by 3:00 p.m. >>> the race for the white house is nearing the finish line. >> president barack obama and governor mitt romney are focusing on states expected to decide the outcome and barn storming since friday. >> t am on is in boston. >> reporter: good morning, today is the final day of campaigning, both sides say they can win. mitt romney hits up five states today. republican challenger, mitt romney, is closing the campaign, promising voters bipartisanship and real change. >> i will find the men and women on both sides of the aisle, who care more about the country than they do about politics. with polls showing the race a dead heat the campaign is focused on turnout, at this field office in ohio, volunteers call a list of voters who think they lean republican and others knock on doors. >> i haven't made up my mind yet. >> reporter: enthusiasm among the base and strength will carry them to victory tomorrow. there is the reality of the math. without ohio, romney's path to v
convince them. >> reporter: and just when you thought this election was behind us, a tweet from david axelrod, the top obama strategist, saying, "still looking at america through that 47% prism." and romney talked to bill clinton after the election. he said that clinton told him, i thought you were going to win, then the hurricane happened. romney using the hurricane in his discussions why. >> okay, david, thank you. this is late breaking news, i know you'll be back with made in america in just a moment. >>> but now we will go overseas to the tension rising between israelis and the palestinians today, because israel killed the military leader of the palestinian militant group hamas, in an air strike. look. this is the car in gaza, carrying the hamas commander as an israeli rocket hits it. israel said this was retaliation for rockets fired by palestinian militants. overall, israel hitting 20 targets. it's being called the most serious escalation in violence there in four years. >>> and back here at home, a very big drama today, about the meningitis outbreak. the man who owns that drug
this -- this is your house right here? >> yeah. this is my house. i used to be over there. >> reporter: jux posed against scenes like this that forced the mayor to cancel the marathon. today, we saw them loading in cases of vodka. private party going on in here. and pal lets of water and food. this is a lot of provisions. can't go in this area? but the pictures that truery did not sit well in this city were hundreds of thousands still don't have power, four large diesel generators. how many homes could these things power? >> i don't know. >> reporter: how do you think your neighbors without power would like this thing? >> they'd love it. >> there's children out there who are without blankets, without anything. and then these generators are running. >> reporter: the decision to cancel the marathon came just hours after the mayor publicly defended the idea. >> new york has to show that we are here and that we're going to recover. >> reporter: tonight, on our local station, wabc, the head of the marathon said it was the toughest decision she'd ever made. >> it was time to just, you know, make this d
america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." have a great thursday. be safe. >>> you're watching the station that works for you. now good morning maryland devastation up and down the east coast from rain, wind, even snow. the governor is going to go to the hardest hit counties, a place where people are struggling to dig out after sandy. >> an entire community wiped out by sandy. a massive fire broke out in queens at the same time the storm hit and now those are seeing the destruction for the first time. we're going to take you there. thanks so much for joining us. i'm megan pringle. charlie is on a special assignment. in the meantime i know a lot of you are finally saying, okay, we are gone with sandy and now what is next, maybe some sunshine so we can dry out and clean out. let's find out. we're going to send it over to meteorologist lynn net charles. >> we see that see a couple of light showers trike to work their way into carroll county and frederick county. we are dry looking at some snow towards the west. that will continue as we go throughout the day. w
amanpour in jerusalem and, alex, let me begin with you. give us a sense of what's been going on in gaza. >> reporter: good morning, martha. it's been very consistent pummeling of gaza by the israeli air force and consistent launching of rocks by the palestinian militant groups. we are hearing the bombings going off rather incest aptly. just a short time ago a palestinian group launched a rocket from just a short distance away. this goes on throughout the day, into the night. around 2:00 a.m. we were spowok up by this barrage coming from the navy ship offshore. the israeli ship. the big question today, whether we'll see a cease-fire brokered by egypt and turkey obviously with the pressure of the u.s. and great britain or are we going to see that ground invasion by israel? prime minister netanyahu said they're ready to expand their ground operation and know egypt and turkey are working feverishly to strike some sort of deal but the signal, the sounds coming out of jerusalem is they aren't finished with this operation yet, but certainly here in gaza people are hoping that some sort of ceas
governor romney have another move? let's begin with white house correspondent jake tapper leading us off from iowa. he's there traveling with the president. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. president obama accompanied by his top aides and bruce springsteen hopscotched across battleground states today. the key ones that his campaign feels will deliver him a re-election. they are wisconsin, iowa and ohio where the president's campaign began. slightly ahead in our abc news/washington post national tracking poll, president obama is ending his very last day of campaigning having enlisted the help of celebrity musician friends. >> that's not a bad way to bring it home, with the boss. >> reporter: the day began with springsteen's obama 2012 campaign song. ♪ let's vote for the man who got osama forward away we go ♪ >> reporter: even though that was interrupted by an acknowledgement of liberal and progressive anxiety. . >> the first debate really freaked me out. all right. ♪ but then romney got schooled twice by obama then smiling joe biden brought the drama ♪ >> reporter: the pres
-dropper. the woman who saved her own life by punching out a 12-foot tiger shark. she tells us about the astonishing moment when her martial arts kicked in. the karate chop that saved her life. >>> and good morning, everyone. hello to robin at home. we are getting back to normal here in times square. but look at these live shots. >> rabbit rabbit. >> rabbit rabbit, robin. let's look at the live shots downtown right now. still so dark in lower manhattan. this is a city divided right now. it's going to take days, maybe longer, for the power to come back. and the scale of destruction is becoming so clear in so many places. look at the aerial shots of breezy point, new york, home to generations of firefighters and police. hit so hard by 9/11. now, hit again. more than 100 homes destroyed. one of so many communities that were absolutely devastated. >> those are creepy pictures. >>> here's what we know in terms of the numbers. 76 dead. an estimated $20 billion in property loss. new york subways are starting to run in limited areas, limited service. but they are running free through friday. that should hel
storm in u.s. history. some estimates say it may cost some $50 billion to rebuild. with more than 4.1 million customers still without power across a dozen states, temperatures are expected to dip into the mid to upper 30s over the weekend. this morning, "the wall street journal" reports fema has generators sitting in storage. while families like this mother and daughter, living 17 flights up, are without power. telling our diane sawyer, their water is now running out, too. >> that's all the water we have left. >> it's almost gone. >> the feeling is, for a disaster this large, there should be an all-hands on deck feeling. and every generator, within thousands of miles, should be helping people who are without power and who are in need. and this picture from the new york post this morning, tells another story. look at the giant generators. these things are huge. and right now, they're sitting, unplugged, not being used, outside of where the new york city marathon will be in central park. and a lot of people are asking the questions that, shouldn't every generator be plugged in and giv
us. senator chambliss, when did you first find out about this investigation of general petraeus and what were you told? >> well, i was not told about it until friday. you know, the intelligence community became aware of it on tuesday. actually, late afternoon on tuesday. and then, by the time it sifted through the appropriate channels, through the white house, we were told on friday. >> so, you know, one of your colleagues congressman peter king, chairman of homeland security in the house, had an only goigs to the white house and inform the relative authorities earlier, do you agree with that? >> well, listen, david petraeus is a great leader. a great patriot. and he's a guy who has probably contributed more to the safety of the united states of america over the last decade than any single individual and he's a good leader. and what leaders do, when they're put in a difficult position is, they lead. and he led here by doing what he thought was the right thing. and i think he did do the right thing. i don't think there's any question. it would have been very difficult to continue
retired, are in the heat of the spotlight and martha raddatz tells us what happened today. martha? >> reporter: diane, the consequences of dave petraeus' infidelity are astonishing. the nation is left without a cia director and the commander of our forces in afghanistan caught up in this bizarre web, as well. it is breathtaking. within days, two four-star generals so widely respected in the midst of scandal. first, david petraeus and now general john allen being investigated for sending what the pentagon said were "potentially inappropriate" messages, putting on hold his likely promotion to become the supreme allied commander in europe. >> of course, it weighs on him as much as it weighs on dave petraeus. i believe that dave is very, very sad for what he admitted he did. >> reporter: at the center of this web, jill kelley, the tampa socialite and honorary military ambassador, living near the centcom headquarters where petraeus and allen were once based. officials say it was early this summer that kelley received anonymous e-mails, accusing her of flaunting her friendly relationshi
. storm cost airlines about 100 million dollars. and suzuki is giving up on the u.s. auto market and they are filing for bank suptry and auto maker will no longer sell cars here instead it will focus on motorcycles alter rain vehicles and and highser bush wants images of the budweiser beer release -- taken out of the film flight. the character drinks vodka and beer and that distributor is upset. that's america's money. >>> it's -- are's watching the station at that -- you're watching the station that works for you now good morning maryland. >>> back in business. a popular mount washington watering hole opening its doors after fire almost closed them for good. >> talk about home protections. police may a bizarre discovery during a drug bust. we will tell you what they found crawling around inside a suspended drug dealer's home. and we will show you the pictures. >> scary but an interesting story. >> he is a watchdog. >> when you have an alligator. it's tuesday morning election day i am megan sprinkle. >> i am charley crowson before heading out to the polls or take care of your tas
've got a lot more invest game to do. >> and john is with us now. a question a lot of people are going to be asking, did anyone smell gals beforehand? >> reporter: no, and that's what's so puzzling. no reports of any smells of gas in the days leading up to the blast. now, to give you an idea just how powerful it was, this is only a flew block radius of the blast, but it could be felt three miles away. >> john, thank you. our abc team on the scene all day today. drew smith, among the first to get inside that neighborhood and he reported in just a short time ago here. >> reporter: david, there's just massive destruction here inside this richmond hills subdivision on the southeast side of indianapolis. you can see there are bulldozers out here. people are trying to get everything cleaned up. what used to be five homes less than 24 hours ago are nothing more than rubble. at least 80 homes affected by the blast that went off shortly after 11:00 eastern time last night. windows blown out. and you can see the cleanup here is going to take quite some time. authorities are working with federal
officials, do not forget us. and we want to show you some new and apocalyptic images coming in from the storm zone now. children wandering in a kind of moon scape. teams of rescuers patrolling streets. and body bags after sandy has now claimed nearly 40 lives. more than half of them on staten island, so close to manhattan, but living in devastation. and tonight, "nightline" anchor cynthia mcfadden is there, where after four days, the community is shaken. cynthia? >> reporter: good evening, diane. every massive tragedy has within it a whole series of smaller ones. one such played out behind me, though, that staircase led to a house, where a mother, father and 13-year-old girl lived. only the mother survived. staten island is a whole series of stories, just like that one. in staten island today, a cry for help. >> we're going to die! if we get killed with the weather, we're going to die! we're going to freeze! we got 90-year-old people! >> reporter: this woman pleading with government officials for gasoline, food and clothing. >> you don't understand. you've got to get your trucks her
, america. good morning to robin roberts at home. great to have elizabeth vargas back with us this morning. the whole team is here. and what a night. president obama secures a second term. >> with a surprisingly sweeping victory. the president said he learned from and listened to those who did not vote for him. there he is on stage last night, savoring the victory with his family. >> and here are the final numbers. the electoral college. 303 votes for president obama, 206 for governor romney. the popular vote for president obama, 59 million votes and governor romney with 56 million votes. the projection of ohio at 11:25 p.m. >> the big state of florida still out there. the numbers could climb for president obama. >>> the other big story of the morning, that nor'easter affecting the east coast right now, with half a foot of snow on the way. sam and ginger zee, tracking the latest. we're going to get to that. >>> right now, let's get to president obama's victory. matthew dowd, with us all last night, and here to breakdown the numbers for president obama. this is the number we were talking ab
're alive, my whole family is alive, and god will get us through this. >> reporter: the u.s. marines have stepped in, helping out with the cleanup. abc has also done it part, raising almost $17 million and rising for its day of giving fund-raiser. some say getting the power back on is taking too long. >> i am angry, to say that i am frustrated, disappointed would be the understatement of the decade. >> reporter: long lines of cars still wrap around gas stations waiting for fuel, and on this election day, people are lining up at make shift polls to vote. in new jersey, hundreds of thousands are without power, and now have to find a way to cast their ballot. governor chris christie has tried to make that easier by allowing them to vote by fax or e-mail. >> i think you have a lot of things on the plate in your life, butt it's a national election. -- but it's a national election. governor como has order had that anyone be able to vote in any polls area across the state. >>> well, here at home we're hearing it's taking anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to cast that vote. >> let's head to
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the interruption and momentum caused by the tragic storm that hit us here on east coast. they believe they've had the momentum since the debate's ended and recaptured their candidates mojo, if you will. they see the enthusiasm. 30,000 people at a rally in pennsylvania. i've been to many rallies in pennsylvania with more than one candidate and that's a big crowd by any measure for either party. i know ed gillespie talked with you about the extended map. >> donna brazile, you were there with al gore in 2000. the big difference in 2000 for the democrats is the sophistication of that turnout machine that president obama has built? >> george, they call it a sandwich program. this is found in the so-called swing voters. the persuadable voters. the base voters, the independent voters. this is a campaign that had 5,100 satellite offices all across the battleground states. they're targeting people where they live, where they're eating, where they're shopping, where they play. to get people out to vote. 28% of the so-called new voters they've registered, 1.8 million americans, they've cast their ballots. >
veterans day in a decade that u.s. troops are not fighting in iraq. >>> and with that, we take a look at weather from across the country on this monday morning. mountain snow in the cascades and north rockies from rain from seattle and portland and boise. some morning frost and freeze warnings in southern california, arizona and new mexico. showers and thunderstorms from cleveland and detroit down to nashville and new orleans. >> beautiful along the east coast. getting up to the 60s from new england to new orleans. mostly 40s in the nation'sed with section and in the northwest. >>> and when we come back this morning, being intriguing new research as scientists try to unlock the mystery of autism. >>> and help wanted. why airlines could be scrambling to get pilots in the cockpit. >>> and twinkies on the brink. a nationwide strike could spell the end for the sugary classic snack cake. >>> welcome back, everybody. and some alarming business news this morning. could this be the end of twinkies? workers are there on strike at hostess bakeries around the country after the company cut wages
on the sunshine. we can use it. traveling on 95 this morning in white march thereby are no delays heading into the city. marsh there are no delays heading into the city. as far as 83 as we look if you are useing that to get into the city this morning, 11 minutes from towson to downtown baltimore. 695 going to be in great shape as we check in and take a look on the west side at liberty road every thing is moving along no delays heading down to 95. and this is what the belt we looks like in parkville at harford road no delays heading up towards toeson. that's a look at your abc2 timesaver traffic. now over to you. >>> election day is here and today voters head to the polls to pick the next president of the united states. and after months of campaigning, both candidates can now see the finish line that race to the white house. >> the president will hold his election night party in chicago. we have details on what both candidates are doing today to prepare. >> reporter: # this election is upon us after -- this election is now upon us following 7 months campaigning three presidential debates a
is going to be with us in new hampshire. but this really comes down to our amazing volunteers. our staff out in the field who have to make sure the people who support the president exercise their right to vote. that's our biggest task right now to make suhuure we get our e out. >>ven the president wins, his margins will be smaller than last time around. will it make it harder for the president to succeed in the second term. >> as soon as the election is over, we got to move on to the pressing business. we got some fiscal and tax issues in front of us. so, no, i think that -- you know, we need to try and have compromise and balance. if those two things are presence, we'll be able to create jobs in the short term and build on the progress that we have seen over the last four years. and that's the question. are we going to take a risk in going back to on the policies? >>> with that, let's go to ed gillespie for the romney campaign. you heard david plouffe right there. his closing argument governor romney would be an enormous risk. >> we're doing better. we should build on the progress that
thing any of us want to hear right now. as you heard in ron claiborne's report just a second ago, another storm could be on the way to this area. >> it's unbelievable. forecasters say a nor'easter is developing off the coast. here's meteorologist jim dickey of accuweather.com. >> good morning, rob and sunny. unfortunately, keeping it chilly across the northeast. many spots without power. these are temperatures you expect you step out the door this morning. many in the 30s. burlington, syracuse, around the freezing point, pittsburgh, detroit. it's not going to end. sandy, what's left of it, large area of low pressure spinning over canada continuing to usher in chilly air. a couple showers here, nothing much in the way of precipitation but this northwesterly wind will continue. that brings that chilly air in out of can did turning progressively colder each night headed through the weekend and that sets the stage for potentiacoastal snowstorm. wouldn't be anything like sandy here. more your typical nor'easter. two potential paths, one could take it out to sea. rob and sunny, back to
. >>> welcome back, everyone. there are just 47 days to christmas. easy for us to believe in new york city here with all the snow on the ground. keep in mind, halloween was last week. >> that's crazy. the post office wants to make sure you get your holiday packages where they need to go. so later today officials kick off the holiday mailing and shipping season. and will announce the mail by and ship by dates. so mark your calendar for that. >> right after christmas comes new year's day. master of the obvious, right. when the big tax hikes and budget cuts said to take effect. president obama and the gridlocked congress are scrambling to head them off. >> investors are not betting on it. the nerves leading to a 313-point drop yesterday. the biggest selloff of the year. abc's reporter has more. >> reporter: wall street woke up to the same president, but new worries. europe's debt crisis appears to be getting worse. there was rioting in greece over budget cuts and word that europe's strongest economy germany is in trouble. but quickly investors turned back to our looming problem, the road we are on
election headquarters. great to have you with us. all day long we've been watching grandmothers, first-time voters, rich people, poor people, blue collar workers, all the people who believe in america going to the polls, every state of our union today joining together at the ballot boxes, and we will be bringing you the results. we are here to tell you who won, why throughout this evening and what's next. it's your voice as we've been saying and your vote tonight. >> diane, it has been a long, bitter and expensive race. deadlocked most of the way and revealed an america divided in so many ways. tonight, all of you are going to tip the balance. >> and now we are ready to begin because we have three projections to make because the polls have closed in six states and we are ready to go. here it is. indiana, this state has switched, president obama won it four years ago, governor romney has won it this time. it is not a surprise, though. we were expecting governor romney to take indiana. kentucky, this is a very red state and governor romney has taken kentucky, as well, tonight. and vermon
.com. let us know. >> i will go vote after the show. with stay with abc news on air and online, throughout the day. maybe we can sing when we vote. >> i doubt it. >> diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos will been our times square election headquarters and our entire political team, does not in cloud me or paula will be out in force. as the the returns comen we will bring you the very, very latest. >> we'll be bringing them donuts and coffee. here is a look now at your election day weather, everybody. stormy in savannah, charleston, raleigh. this afternoon the storm moves up the coast, this evening, bringing rain and wind to the northeast. all eyes on the nor'easter. showers a possibility in chicago, st. louis and minneapolis. >> coldest air of the season pours into new england, boston barely breaking 40. omaha, kansas city, 50. los angeles, 86 down from the record high of yesterday. >>> firefighters are finally making head way with a wildfire that forced a shutdown of a major highway between southern california. santa ana wind spread the fire to both side of the interstate. 15 in cajun p
. but fortunately, a compassionate family took her in. and she's looking for a permanent home. she's live with us this morning. >>> but we start with something to cheer about. finally, power being restored to many in lower manhattan. a huge relief for some. but millions of others in the northeast, could be without electricity for another week, if not longer. meantime, temperatures are plunging to frigid levels and fast. ginger zee is here with the latest on this unwelcomed cold snap. good morning, ginger. >> good morning, bianna. if someone knows one of those millions of customers without power in the 11 states, text them or get ahold of them this morning. the cold is on the way. 42 new york. 44 philadelphia. erie back there at 40. but look at the next three nights. again, tomorrow morning, through early tuesday is when it's really going to hit. and you're going to go, oh, my goodness. actually, we could have problems with hypothermia, especially with people a little older. new york city gets down to 34. that's the city. you go outside of the city, and some of the affected areas. the power's out.
for his second term. >> tonight, you voted for action. not politics as usual. you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston. after the long, hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now, after the bruising campaign and facing a congress as divided as it was before the election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america. god bless you. god bless these united states. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago, barack obama stood on the brink of history, the morning after his election. now, four years later, he stands on the brink of a second term. >> the president has won re-election after a hard-fought campaign, saying he returns to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever. >> and he can claim a decisive and sweeping electoral victory over challenger, mitt romney. although, the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of
wanted to show you how long it would take us to get from the obama field office to the romney field office. we literally drove down the parking lot and, well, look across the street. there's romney-ryan. how are you? >> good to see you. >> reporter: few days left. that's where we started, with the team trying to unseat the president. and they know they need ohio. inside, you can sense it. they know they have just few precious hours left. so, this is the buzz, two days out. >> can i speak with michael? >> reporter: volunteers calling lists of voters who they believe lean republican. so, the people you are calling right now, you have a hint they could be leaning republican, you just need to get in touch with them. >> that's right. >> reporter: president obama won this county four years ago. george w. bush won it in 2004 and they are determined to flip it back. tom gave up his sunday with his family to knock on doors. are you missing a game to do this? >> i have a radio in the car, so -- >> reporter: you'll have the score. that score tuesday night more important to him. >> i think we'r
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and joins us from iowa. good evening, terry. 11 cities in three days. >> reporter: that's right, the final lap. and this is the final time barack obama will ever do this. this is his last political campaign and the last rally and so tonight this cold iowa air is thick with emotion and nostalgia and edged with a bit of anxiety about what will happen tomorrow. you talk to the obama people, they express kind of gritty, grim, even, confidence. they think they'll get it done. but they know this time so different from the last time. it's not about inspiration, it's about perspiration, all about hard work. madison, wisconsin this morning, bright and crisp and obama crowd filling the streets about 18,000 of them. sort of fired up. sort of ready to go. >> i don't know. it's pretty early to be fired up. >> reporter: bruce springsteen came and sang. ♪ no retreat >> reporter: and this time around for obama and his crowd the gritty courage, mournful determination in his song rings truer, perhaps. >> incredible crowd and it's good to be back. >> reporter: he has changed so much. he's in the fight of h
. not just a sensation, sensational relief. >>> now that some of the worst of hurricane sandy is behind us, that other superstorm is back. that's right, the race for the white house is on again. >> it is hard to believe that after a campaign that seemed to last forever is virtually tied with just five days to go un,000 tiun,000 -- until the big vote. here is abc's karen travers. >> reporter: in the final sprint to election day both candidates have been angling for any advantage. and in new jersey, president obama had the biggest one of all, the power of the presidency. off the campaign trail for a third straight day, president obama surveyed the damage along a nearly 60-mile stretch of the jersey shore with governor chris christie. >> we are here for you. and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all of the help that you need, until you have rebuilt. >> reporter: obama and christie are a very unlikely paring with less than a week un,000 titil e day. the blunt, brash, republican governor one of mitt romney's most staunch supporters. with his state facing historic d
change. he'll make it affordable for us. that's how we keep our cost down by having healthy citizens and we believe education is paramount and he looks out for the middle class, that's us. >> mitt romney used for your years the term obamacare to attack the health care reform. do you think it was a referendum on that? >> no, i think obama has a plan in mind and there's nothing wrong with that. it's going move things around and organize health care in a better way. >> i wonder, what do you make of the celebration, especially as we called barack obama. >> it's awesome. >> is it what you thought it would be? >> it's great. >> two satisfied voters. if nothing else, i would argue there are a few more behind me in time square tonight. >> let's go to ron bron stein now. there's so much we'll learn about the parties. one fact i want to throw out at you as you reflect on this victory. you look at the last six elections, democrats have won the popular vote five out of six times just as the republicans did before. the margins hadn't been as big but thaifr been behind this growin
to the white house. and, abc's white house correspondent jake tapper, with us again tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. after logging more than 170,000 miles on air force one and a grueling and intense campaign, president obama finally got an opportunity today to take a breath and enjoy his hard-fought campaign. late this afternoon, the first family boarded air force one to return to the white house, which, for four more years, they can call home. in his victory speech in the wee small hours of this morning, the president said he was invigorated. >> i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do. >> reporter: before he left chicago, the president stopped by campaign headquarters to thank campaign manager jim messina and other staffers with hugs. e might want to stock up on those hugs. the american people have voted for the same divided government and potential grid lock we've had for two years. today, republicans and conservatives were overwrought, wringing their hands, trying to figure out what went on. >> i went to bed think
joins us from chicago. you tell me the last couple days have been emotional ones for the president. >> reporter: they have been emotional. i'm standing in the arena, where likely this evening, president obama will either declare victory or concede defeat. it's been emotional. president obama tearing up after seeing the former aides and advisers, joining him on the trail. one adviser comparing it to the lost episode of a tv series, when all of the characters join for that show. that's not to say they feel this is the end. they feel optimistic. they feel a little bit of wind at their back. the president and first lady arrived in chicago at around 1:00 this morning. spending the night in their hyde park house. their return to the windy city caps a whirlwind push on monday. it culminated in an emotional rally in front of 20,000 iowans, just a few yards away from his former campaign headquarters in 2007-2008. >> to all of you who lived and breathe the hard work of change, i want to thank you. >> reporter: less than an hour before, the president appeared at halftime on "monday night foot
construction vehicles will help the customers affected by superstorm sandy. >> good guy. >>> while most of us were scared by sandy, how about crisfield? that's where we get our crabs from. this was the dploar -- worse sense gloria. they are trying to meet the needs of people who aren't covered by people. you can learn more and donating by doing to abc2news.com/hurricane. >>> let's say you're living in chrisfield and been told you have to evacuate your home in 10 minutes. >> 10 minutes is all you have. >> what do you grab? >> it's a question many people have faced. how to save the things you need. >> reporter: it's been a week since sandy bat ared the east coast. it's a plea for anyone to help. >> we have nothing. >> reporter: while the peak of the storm missed maryland by 100 miles, we are just as vulnerable to disasters large and small. to give yourself the best chance of getting through a natural disaster, dug said you need to prepare and do it now. >> you need to be prepared to take care of yourself for the first 48 hours. >> reporter: you'll want plenty of food and water. >> having a disa
those affected by the storm. it'll let people use whatever network they have. people won't have to pay or do anything. calls will connect through the network with the strongest significant tall signal. >>> and 20,000 flights canceled because of the storm so now the airlines are trying to get back on track. they are rebooking passenger ifs on new flights though some airports are still working to clear some of the floodwaters. they are deploying workers to answer the phones and help rebook or cancel tickets for up to two million travelers. >> we have a 4-year-old all fed up with all the talk. how she breaks down after listening to much of -- >>> and the behind the scene, revealing what you will see tonight on the cma awards. . >>> still watching sandy spin just to the north. she has changed hour weather pattern. before the weekend talking about temperatures in the 70s, little indian summer, that's gone now. storm this size shifts the entire pattern in the north and across the northeast united states. there she is centered up north of new york state and canada. still that wrap around nor
"let us vote." but briefly shut the doors. some people waited in line for more than six hours. >> and abc news is covering every last step of the campaign. we'll have all the election returns tomorrow night, live from times square. even if there is no winner. >> yeah. it will be a long one, folks. stay tuned. >>> yes, to this morning's other major story, the long and slow recovery from hurricane sandy. >> the death toll from the superstorm now stands at 107. and 1.7 million homes and businesses are still struggling without power. each night tougher, perhaps even colder than the one before. >> reporter: it's a week now since sandy hit, but the people who have lost everything and are suffering now in the bitter cold, it feels like an eternity. >> you don't know -- you you have no idea how hard it is to go through all of our christmas items. all pictures of the kids when -- you know, their graduations, their confirmation, all of that. it is so hard. >> so hard to be without even the basics as temperatures tumble into the 30s. >> there's hot soup, hot chocolate, blankets. >> it's
. >> reporter: the voters of district one put andy harris in office for a second straight term in the u.s. house of representatives. in the speech he says the nation faces serious challenges and that he has confident to take on those challenges. he believes in american greatness and he says he will not apologize for it. our government he added can't work if only half the legislature is doing its job. laying blame on the gridlock of the last two years on the democratically controlled senate. let's listen to what else he had to say shortly after his speech this evening. >> we have to keep our eyes poe cussed on the problems -- focused on the problems of the country. >> reporter: you are pushing towards 2014. >> absolutely. we have had huge fiscal problem in this state and the republican party will have to step forward and identify itself as party to trust to solve fiscal problem and we will see how it plays out. >> reporter: and as you heard there congressman harris will push towards 2014 saying it's a very huge election for the state and for the republican party. in lint couples -- links couple l
's live for us in chicago. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. well, the president wrapped up his campaign yesterday here in the midwest. and right now, it looks as if a last-minute surge could carry barack obama to four more years. while most of the east coast of the u.s. is still asleep, residents of dixville notch, a tiny town in new hampshire, cost the first votes in the presidential election. after 46 seconds of voting, president barack obama and mitt romney had each five votes. as americans prepare to vote, a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows president obama pulling ahead by four points. at an emotional final rally monday night, the president asked iowa to help him finish what he started. >> iowa, we're here tonight because we have more work to do. we're not done, yet, on this journey. we've got more road to travel. >> reporter: the president's pitch earlier in the day, that he's the same idealist he ran as four years ago. >> you see the scars on me to prove it. you've seen the gray hair on my head, to show you. what it means to fight fo
junior, used to making big plays on the football field. the 17-year-old running back committed to playing football for university of michigan after his team wrapped up an undefeated season this year. all the while maintaining a 4.0, gpa. but it was this play in an early october game when he stepped out of bound just one yard shy of a touchdown, that has many calling him a hero. >> being able to make what happened, happen, you know, was more important than, some record book. >> reporter: the coach planned for him to run out of bound. also that the big score and the boosted spirits that come with it could go to this young man. freshman logan thompson whose father had died two days earlier after suffering a stroke. >> it meant the world to me. it made me forget all the bad thing that were going through my mind. >> reporter: thompson insisted despite his father's death to suit up for the game. so farnes and his teammate conspired to give the 15-year-old a special way to n honor his dad. >> my dad would be proud. >> reporter: after telling him to stop short of the end zone, coach mclane sent
in the world canceled at the last minute due toontroversy. some runners, however, are making good use of this day. and abc's john schriffen has more on that. >> reporter: good morning, dan. instead of thousands of runners making their way to the starting line in staten island, later today, many will be coming right here to staten island ferry to gather donations. there's a lot going on here in downtown manhattan. right undermy feet, 5,000 gallons of water being pumped out of a subway station every minute to get it back up and running. we have signs of normalcy popping up, but there's still a lot of work to be done. flying high above the tristate, abc news got an exclusive close look at the coast guard cleanup efforts. the canal that separates new jersey from staten island where 350,000 gallons of fuel spilled over as a result of the superstorm. >> i think we're starting to win as far as the response. >> reporter: and this morning, a welcome sight, the crane that dangled so precariously, above new york city's highest residential building, is now safely tethered to the side of the build
homophobic, and put all of us in a box, saying football players are homophobic, but now you can't say that anymore, guys are talking about the issue, it's important. >> reporter: opponents were also not idle today, they have been passing out flyers encouraging people to vote against that issue. the other questions are also bringing people to the polls, and we'll talk more about those issues coming up a little later. >> all right, rosie. plenty of questions on our balance hot, but the spotlight will be on the two presidential nominees, and tonight president obama will be in his hometown of chicago. he took time to thank his supporters today. >> reporter: at a stop in a chicago campaign office this morning, president obama urged people from both political parties to vote this election day. >> make sure that you exercise this precious right that we have. >> reporter: the president closed out his final campaign event with a night time rally in iowa. the same state where a victory four years ago launched a successful bid to the white house. >> i've come back to iowa one more time to ask
. >>> some new research shows that medicine could be used to fight cancer. scientists studied nearly 19,000 cancer patients taking statins and found the risk of death dropped by 15%. more studies will have to be done but it showed the benefits could be broad, in this case working with patients with 13 different types of cancer. >>> there's a shot to avowed the flu for the nora virus and it can leave you dehydrated. food is one of the most common kays the virus is spread and it tends to move person to person and faster in nursing homes and daycare. >> nora virus is a virus. it's fund in the stool and it's easily contagious by touching something or touching something that's been or a surface that hasn't been wiped properly. >> researchers are working on a vaccine but for now doctors are recommending just wash your hands often as a good defense. >>> forget genetics, a new study found the amount of alcohol a person drinks could be related to where they live. they said the closer people live to a bar, the higher the chances they will be heavy drinkers. researchers found nearly 10% of people
for the sake of our country. all of us should put that firstment we have to come up with way compromise for the good of our country. i think most of the members elected today understand that. >> that is something ben cardin said. had he thinks everyone coming back to washington understands compromise will be a key to get things done across the aisle hand in hands. it's not a republican issue or democratic issue, it's an american issue. we have to talk about jobs and the economy. . >> certainly with a fiscal slip out there. >> tax cuts end at the beginning of 2013. there is so much to deal with. . >> it's a big spank for republicans here, dan bongino lost his run. . >> kelly, it was mixed emotions here at the bwi for all the gor ri that harris had there was some heart break for bongino. and andy harris is a republican on the eastern shore of maryland, he'll be going back to congress. we talked to him ant bridging that gap between the democrats and republicans no matter how this race breaks down. he says they will try to work sdpoth bridge that gap. >> and for bongino it was a strug
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